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Beware of these Tinder scams if you use the popular dating app and also learn how to spot them to protect yourself online.
On Tinder, you connect your Facebook account to the Tinder app on your Apple or Android device such as an iPhone or Nexus tablet. Once you have your account connected, you can use photos from your Facebook profile to show users on Tinder.
Spammers and scammers create fake Facebook profiles and start the process of finding matches. Once there is a match, the user then begins communicating with the user on Tinder. Then three things will usually happen.
Spammers create automated bots for Tinder. These bots send you auto replies and either try and steal your information (known as phishing) or send you to an external site to try and get you to sign up for services.
Apart from automated bots, there are actual people behind the Tinder profiles. They most likely won’t use their real Facebook profile but, a fake one. Once they meet you, they’ll try and take the conversation away from Tinder and try and communicate through Skype or email.
From there, they typically act like they’re falling in love with you quickly and then ask you for money. Be aware whenever anyone that you’ve met online asks you for money. This should be a red flag.
Other scenarios include someone who has created a fake profile. These are typically looked at as less harmless catfish. They either have confidence issues or maybe they are trying to meet someone online without revealing their identity.